2015–16 Virginia Cavaliers men's basketball team

The 2015–16 Virginia Cavaliers men's basketball team represented the University of Virginia during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, in their 111th season of play. The team was led by head coach Tony Bennett, in his seventh year, and played their home games at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 29–8, 13–5 in ACC play to finish in a tie for second place. They defeated Georgia Tech and Miami (FL) to advance to the championship game of the ACC Tournament where they lost to North Carolina. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as a #1 seed where they defeated Hampton, Butler, and Iowa State to advance to the Elite Eight where they lost to fellow ACC member Syracuse.

2015–16 Virginia Cavaliers men's basketball
Virginia Athletics wordmark.svg
NCAA Tournament, Elite Eight
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 5
APNo. 4
2015–16 record29–8 (13–5 ACC)
Head coachTony Bennett (7th season)
Associate head coachRon Sanchez (7th season)
Assistant coachJason Williford (7th season)
Assistant coachBrad Soderberg (1st season)
Offensive schemePrinceton, Motion
Base defensePack line
Home arenaJohn Paul Jones Arena
Seasons
2015–16 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 North Carolina 14 4   .778     33 7   .825
#4 Virginia 13 5   .722     29 8   .784
#10 Miami (FL) 13 5   .722     27 8   .771
#16 Louisville* 12 6   .667     23 8   .742
Notre Dame 11 7   .611     24 12   .667
#19 Duke 11 7   .611     25 11   .694
Virginia Tech 10 8   .556     20 15   .571
Clemson 10 8   .556     17 14   .548
Pittsburgh 9 9   .500     21 12   .636
Syracuse 9 9   .500     23 14   .622
Georgia Tech 8 10   .444     21 15   .583
Florida State 8 10   .444     20 14   .588
NC State 5 13   .278     16 17   .485
Wake Forest 2 16   .111     11 20   .355
Boston College 0 18   .000     7 25   .219
*Ineligible for both the 2016 ACC Tournament and the 2016 NCAA Tournament due to self-imposed postseason ban.
2016 ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Last seasonEdit

The Cavaliers finished the 2014–15 season with a record of 30–4 overall and 16–2 in conference play, finishing in first place in the ACC for the second straight season. Despite their best regular season record in school history of 28–2, and reaching their highest national ranking since 1983, they fell in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament to North Carolina, and in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 to Michigan State.

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Justin Anderson 1 G 6'6" 228 Junior Montross, Virginia 2015 NBA Draft[1]/Dallas Mavericks[2]
B. J. Stith 2 G 6'5" 205 Freshman Lawrenceville, Virginia Transferred[3] to Old Dominion[4]
Darion Atkins 5 F 6'8" 241 Senior Clinton, Maryland Graduated/2015 NBA Draft
Maleek Frazier 22 G 5'10" 170 Senior Charlottesville, Virginia Graduated
Rob Vozenilek 23 G 6'2" 190 Senior Richmond, Virginia Graduated

Coaching changesEdit

On April 1, 2015, associate head coach Ritchie McKay announced that he would be re-taking the head coaching job at Liberty, which he previously held from 2007 to 2009 until coming to Virginia.[5] On April 17, Lindenwood head coach Brad Soderberg was hired.[6] Soderberg had previously served as an assistant at Wisconsin alongside Tony Bennett's father Dick, and was interim head coach following the latter's retirement in 2000.[7] On July 2, 2015, Ron Sanchez was promoted to associate head coach.[8]

Class of 2015 signeesEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jarred Reuter
PF
Marion, MA Brewster Academy 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) August 2, 2014[9] 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 80
Mamadi Diakite
PF
Conakry, Guinea Blue Ridge School 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 200 lb (91 kg) August 4, 2015[10] 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 85
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Virginia 2015 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  • "2015 Virginia Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  • "2015 Player Commits". ESPN.com. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 1 January 2015.

Diakite originally committed to the class of 2016, but at the time of his commitment stated that there was an "80-percent chance" that he could reclassify to 2015 and redshirt.[11] On September 3, Bennett announced that Diakite was eligible to join the program.[12]

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Austin Nichols 1 F 6'9" 228 Junior Collierville, TN Transferred from Memphis.[13] Under NCAA transfer rules, Nichols must redshirt for the 2015–16 season. After this season he will have two years of remaining eligibility.

RosterEdit

2015–16 Virginia Cavaliers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Devon Hall 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 209 lb (95 kg) RS So Cape Henry Collegiate Virginia Beach, Virginia
F 1 Austin Nichols (I)   6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 232 lb (105 kg) Jr Briarcrest Christian/Memphis Collierville, Tennessee
G 2 Justice Bartley (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 209 lb (95 kg) Fr Montrose Christian School Lilburn, Georgia
G 4 Marial Shayok 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 209 lb (95 kg) So Blair Academy Ottawa, Ontario
F/C 10 Mike Tobey 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Sr Blair Academy Monroe, New York
F 11 Evan Nolte 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 228 lb (103 kg) Sr Milton HS Milton, Georgia
F 13 Anthony Gill 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) RS Sr Charlotte Christian/South Carolina High Point, North Carolina
G 15 Malcolm Brogdon 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS Sr Greater Atlanta Christian Norcross, Georgia
F 21 Isaiah Wilkins 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So Greater Atlanta Christian Atlanta, Georgia
F 24 Caid Kirven (W) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 228 lb (103 kg) Sr Woodberry Forest Raleigh, North Carolina
F 25 Mamadi Diakite   6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Blue Ridge School Conakry, Guinea
F 31 Jarred Reuter 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 243 lb (110 kg) Fr Brewster Academy Marion, Massachusetts
G 32 London Perrantes 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 192 lb (87 kg) Jr Crespi Carmelite HS Los Angeles, California
C 33 Jack Salt 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) RS Fr Westlake Boys HS Auckland, New Zealand
F 34 Jeff Jones (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 213 lb (97 kg) Jr St. Anne's-Belfield Charlottesville, Virginia
G 51 Darius Thompson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 196 lb (89 kg) RS So Blackman HS/Tennessee Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Strength and conditioning coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: September 24, 2015

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
F/C Anthony Gill Mike Tobey Jack Salt
F Isaiah Wilkins Jarred Reuter Caid Kirven
G/F Devon Hall Evan Nolte Jeff Jones
G Malcolm Brogdon Marial Shayok Justice Bartley
PG London Perrantes Darius Thompson

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ScheduleEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Non-conference regular season
Nov 13, 2015*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
No. 6 Morgan State W 86–48  1–0
 15  Tobey   8  Tobey   4  Tied  John Paul Jones Arena (14,034)
Charlottesville, Virginia
Nov 16, 2015*
7:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 6 at George Washington
College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon
L 68–73  1–1
 28  Brogdon   8  Brogdon   4  Brogdon  Charles E. Smith Center (5,025)
Washington, D.C.
Nov 19, 2015*
9:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 6 vs. Bradley
Charleston Classic Quarterfinal
W 82–57  2–1
 16  Gill   7  Gill   8  Perrantes  TD Arena (3,437)
Charleston, South Carolina
Nov 20, 2015*
9:30 pm, ESPNU
No. 6 vs. Long Beach State
Charleston Classic Semifinal
W 87–52  3–1
 17  Shayok   6  Reuter   7  Brogdon  TD Arena (3,417)
Charleston, South Carolina
Nov 22, 2015*
9:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 6 vs. George Mason
Charleston Classic Championship
W 83–66  4–1
 21  Brogdon   8  Tobey   11  Perrantes  TD Arena (2,820)
Charleston, South Carolina
Nov 25, 2015*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
No. 12 Lehigh W 80–54  5–1
 23  Brogdon   5  Tied   8  Perrantes  John Paul Jones Arena (14,220)
Charlottesville, Virginia
Dec 1, 2015*
7:30 pm, ESPN
No. 10 at Ohio State
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
W 64–58  6–1
 22  Brogdon   7  Gill   6  Thompson  Value City Arena (12,445)
Columbus, Ohio
Dec 5, 2015*
2:00 pm, RSN
No. 10 William & Mary W 67–52  7–1
 16  Tied   7  Gill   3  Shayok  John Paul Jones Arena (14,105)
Charlottesville, Virginia
Dec 8, 2015*
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 10 vs. No. 14 West Virginia
Jimmy V Classic
W 70–54  8–1
 20  Gill   12  Gill   4  Perrantes  Madison Square Garden 
New York, New York
Dec 19, 2015*
Noon, ESPN2
No. 8 No. 12 Villanova W 86–75  9–1
 22  Gill   7  Tied   6  Brogdon  John Paul Jones Arena (14,593)
Charlottesville, Virginia
Dec 22, 2015*
9:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 5 California W 63–62 OT 10–1
 17  Gill   7  Wilkins   6  Perrantes  John Paul Jones Arena (13,265)
Charlottesville, Virginia
Dec 30, 2015*
6:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 5 Oakland W 71–58  11–1
 17  Gill   8  Wilkins   5  Brogdon  John Paul Jones Arena (14,465)
Charlottesville, Virginia
ACC regular season
Jan 2, 2016
5:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 5 Notre Dame W 77–66  12–1
(1–0)
 24  Brogdon   6  Tied   5  Perrantes  John Paul Jones Arena (14,389)
Charlottesville, Virginia
Jan 4, 2016
9:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 4 at Virginia Tech
Commonwealth Clash
L 68–70  12–2
(1–1)
 22  Perrantes   8  Tied   4  Brogdon  Cassell Coliseum (6,157)
Blacksburg, Virginia
Jan 9, 2016
2:00 pm, ACCN
No. 4 at Georgia Tech L 64–68  12–3
(1–2)
 19  Brogdon   7  Tobey   4  Perrantes  Hank McCamish Pavilion (8,073)
Atlanta, Georgia
Jan 12, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 13 No. 8 Miami (FL) W 66–58  13–3
(2–2)
 20  Brogdon   8  Gill   3  Tied  John Paul Jones Arena (13,495)
Charlottesville, Virginia
Jan 17, 2016
6:30 pm, ESPNU
No. 13 at Florida State L 62–69  13–4
(2–3)
 19  Perrantes   5  Brogdon   5  Brogdon  Donald L. Tucker Center (9,158)
Tallahassee, Florida
Jan 19, 2016
9:00 pm, ACCN
No. 13 Clemson W 69–62  14–4
(3–3)
 20  Brogdon   6  Tied   4  Tied  John Paul Jones Arena (14,398)
Charlottesville, Virginia
Jan 24, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 13 Syracuse W 73–65  15–4
(4–3)
 21  Brogdon   8  Gill   7  Perrantes  John Paul Jones Arena (13,305)
Charlottesville, Virginia
Jan 26, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPN3
No. 11 at Wake Forest W 72–71  16–4
(5–3)
 28  Brogdon   7  Brogdon   5  Perrantes  LJVM Coliseum (9,221)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Jan 30, 2016
1:00 pm, CBS
No. 11 at No. 16 Louisville W 63–47  17–4
(6–3)
 13  Tied   6  Gill   5  Perrantes  KFC Yum! Center (21,714)
Louisville, Kentucky
Feb 3, 2016
7:00 pm, RSN
No. 9 Boston College W 61–47  18–4
(7–3)
 27  Brogdon   11  Gill   4  Perrantes  John Paul Jones Arena (14,310)
Charlottesville, Virginia
Feb 6, 2016
Noon, ACCN
No. 9 at Pittsburgh W 64–50  19–4
(8–3)
 21  Brogdon   7  Wilkins   5  Wilkins  Petersen Events Center (12,508)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Feb 9, 2016
8:00 pm, ACCN
No. 7 Virginia Tech
Commonwealth Clash
W 67–49  20–4
(9–3)
 16  Gill   5  Tied   5  Hall  John Paul Jones Arena (14,395)
Charlottesville, Virginia
Feb 13, 2016
4:30 pm, ESPN
No. 7 at Duke L 62–63  20–5
(9–4)
 18  Brogdon   5  Tied   4  Shayok  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, North Carolina
Feb 15, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 7 NC State
ESPN Big Monday
W 73–53  21–5
(10–4)
 22  Brogdon   13  Wilkins   5  Tied  John Paul Jones Arena (14,016)
Charlottesville, Virginia
Feb 22, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 3 at No. 12 Miami (FL)
ESPN Big Monday
L 61–64  21–6
(10–5)
 28  Brogdon   10  Gill   7  Perrantes  BankUnited Center (7,016)
Coral Gables, Florida
Feb 27, 2016
6:30 pm, ESPN
No. 3 No. 7 North Carolina
College GameDay
W 79–74  22–6
(11–5)
 26  Brogdon   9  Gill   6  Perrantes  John Paul Jones Arena (14,593)
Charlottesville, Virginia
Mar 1, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 4 at Clemson W 64–57  23–6
(12–5)
 18  Brogdon   10  Gill   4  Perrantes  Bon Secours Wellness Arena (9,626)
Greenville, South Carolina1
Mar 5, 2016
8:30 pm, ESPN
No. 4 No. 11 Louisville W 68–46  24–6
(13–5)
 17  Brogdon   20  Tobey   4  Perrantes  John Paul Jones Arena (14,088)
Charlottesville, Virginia
ACC Tournament
Mar 10, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPN/ACCN
(2) No. 4 vs. (10) Georgia Tech
Quarterfinals
W 72–52  25–6
 26  Brogdon   8  Gill   8  Perrantes  Verizon Center (20,719)
Washington, D.C.
Mar 11, 2016
9:00 pm, ESPN/ACCN
(2) No. 4 vs. (3) No. 11 Miami (FL)
Semifinals
W 73–68  26–6
 24  Brogdon   7  Wilkins   4  Brogdon  Verizon Center (20,719)
Washington, D.C.
Mar 12, 2016
9:00 pm, ESPN/ACCN
(2) No. 4 vs. (1) No. 7 North Carolina
Championship game
L 57–61  26–7
 15  Brogdon   9  Tobey   4  Brogdon  Verizon Center (20,719)
Washington, D.C.
NCAA Tournament
Mar 17, 2016*
3:10 pm, truTV
(1 MW) No. 4 vs. (16 MW) Hampton
First round
W 81–45  27–7
 19  Gill   7  Gill   4  3 Tied  PNC Arena (19,722)
Raleigh, NC
Mar 19, 2016*
7:10 pm, TBS
(1 MW) No. 4 vs. (9 MW) Butler
Second round
W 77–69  28–7
 22  Brogdon   8  Gill   5  Brogdon  PNC Arena (19,433)
Raleigh, NC
Mar 25, 2016*
7:10 pm, CBS
(1 MW) No. 4 vs. (4 MW) No. 22 Iowa State
Sweet Sixteen
W 84–71  29–7
 23  Gill   8  Gill   9  Perrantes  United Center (21,490)
Chicago, Illinois
Mar 27, 2016*
6:09 pm, TBS
(1 MW) No. 4 vs. (10 MW) Syracuse
Elite Eight
L 62–68  29–8
 18  Perrantes   6  Brogdon   7  Brogdon  United Center (20,155)
Chicago, Illinois
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. MW=Midwest Region
^1 Game played in Greenville, South Carolina, during renovations to Littlejohn Coliseum..
All times are in Eastern Time.

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RankingsEdit

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Improvement in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week. RV=Others receiving votes.
Poll Pre Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Wk 19 Final
AP 6 6 12 10 10 8 5 5 4 13 13 11 9 7 (1) 7 3 4 4 4 n/a
Coaches 6 6 12 10 10 9 5 5 4 11 13 12 9 7 8 3 4 4 5 5

Team players drafted into the NBAEdit

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
2016 2 36 Malcolm Brogdon Milwaukee Bucks

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Anderson Selected by Dallas in First Round of 2015 NBA Draft" (Press release). Virginia Cavaliers. June 25, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  3. ^ "B.J. Stith Leaving Virginia Basketball Program" (Press release). Virginia Cavaliers. April 3, 2015. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  4. ^ "B.J. Stith transferring from UVA to ODU". WAVY. April 4, 2015. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
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  6. ^ "Soderberg Named Assistant Coach at Virginia" (Press release). Virginia Cavaliers. April 17, 2015. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  7. ^ Teel, David (April 17, 2015). "Bennett hiring veteran head coach Brad Soderberg for U.Va. staff". The Daily Press. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  8. ^ "Sanchez Promoted to Associate Head Coach" (Press release). Virginia Cavaliers. July 2, 2015. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
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  11. ^ Oakes, Jamie (August 4, 2015). "Mamadi Diakite goes in-depth about his UVa commitment". Retrieved August 5, 2015.
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  13. ^ "UVa lands coveted Memphis transfer". The Daily Progress. July 26, 2015. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  14. ^ "Game 25 at Duke, Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium)" (PDF). p. 1. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
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